Wrapping It Up

The Month of November is Over

And what do I have to show for it? Thanks to the many people who have begun to follow my blog, I feel like I have found an entire network of friends, some of whom I would have never known, had it not been for the challenges I entered. I would not have begun to learn how to operate my smartphone camera (I’m little slow on techie issues) or what to do with the photos once I got the shot! (Who knew this could be so fun?) I also learned that I know a little more than I thought I did about this blogging world, that I’m not too old, or too dumb, or too stroke-brained to learn more, even if it may take me a bit longer than I want. And finally, I’m just so grateful to the instructors of Blogging 101 and Photography 101 for their time, and that includes all of you in The Commons who helped me to understand concepts I was missing, or who were simply my cheering section. Many cudos to you!

Betty outside home
Me (Betty) outside my home in St Cloud, Florida

So, It’s Time To Leave You With This Pocketful of Joy

Until tomorrow. And then I might not be posting every day. But then again, I might! What do you think? Do you need a Pocketful of Joy each day?

Photo – 101 – Triumph

I have, hanging on my bedroom wall, between two photos of my boys, a picture that denotes my ultimate triumph.


It is with Him I hope to live when my time on earth is over.
Jesus Christ is my Triumph!
And He says,
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Matthew 11:26-28 KJV

Photo – 101 – Twins

I thought about this one for awhile, and then it dawned on me, as hubby was leaving for work. There are two keyboards in my line of sight. What would you think about a musician? Anyway, so I put them together like this.


Twins! Well, almost. So what do you think? Did I pull it off?

Photo 101 – Edge

I had a hard time thinking of what to photograph for this assignment. I’m so new at this, I don’t have a stockpile of photos yet. But I will, and I came up with this.


It’s the mantle over my fireplace. I wouldn’t want to hit my head on that. Would you?


This is a poor photo. I couldn’t get any light in the cabinet and it’s been a stormy day here.


It’s an antique creamer set I inherited from my mother-in-law that she inherited from her mother-in-law.
And in case you would like to know, we have tornado warnings here. I’m praying. Will you?

Photo 101- Treasures

I have a few treasures, some more personal than others, but this just seemed to fit the theme perfectly for me.


It’s a photo of a Kodak Duaflex camera, and it’s the one my Aunt Margie used to take most, if not all of the pictures of my family when I was young.


(Here’s a side view.) In fact, if anyone has seen my photo on my personal Facebook page, the one where I look like I’m poking the eyeball out of my dolly? She may have taken that with it.
So what do you think? Are any of your treasures wrapped up in so many different memories that stem from the same single element?

Blogging 101 – Peace

And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
Mark 4:39 KJV


When life has battered me and I feel broken, lost, and alone, when my trials seem too hard to carry, I am reminded of One who once carried it all for me. He, who healed the sick, He, who turned the water into wine, who calmed the mighty sea.
When I let Him dry my tears, calm my fears, the Spirit speaks peace to my heart in a way that passes all understanding, as the scriptures say.
If you find yourself in a place of darkness, or pain, or despair, or you just feel hopeless, aimless, or out of place, come to the One who says Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Matthew 11:28-29
I know that our Heavenly Father lives and loves us and is mindful of us. I also know that He will not interfere with our right to choose…right over wrong, good over evil. It is for us to decide which road to travel. But He is there to help us. He does answer every sincere prayer.
And Jesus Christ is His only begotten Son in the flesh. He calmed the sea, He raised the dead, He suffered in Gesthemane and died a cruel death on the cross at Golgotha. But He rose again, and lives! And because He lives, we can  too! Death is NOT the end. There IS hope for ALL of God’s children. That’s the Gospel. That’s the Good News!
I know in my heart, in my bones, my very soul, that these things are true. Do you want to know? Pray with a sincere heart. Be patient. Wait quietly. The Spirit will testify to you. Do you want to know more? Ask me!

Photo 101- Landscape

This was taken from East Lak Toho (I don’t know ho to spell the entire name, but that’s what people call it anyway because they can’t pronounce it, either…it’s a Seminole Indian name, fyi)


The name means sleeping tiger. The reason is that the lake is smooth as glass when calm, but will kick up some pretty good waves when the weather begins to turn. The waves aren’t huge, they just cover the lake. It’s quite interesting to see.
We were out and about when the cold front hit Central Florida. Where were you?

‘All About That Book!’ Mormon Missionary Parody Goes Viral

I know this has gone around before, but I just LOVE it and want to share it with all my friends. Please sit back and enjoy, and if you have an interest, let me know!

Latter-day Soprano

A fun parody of the pop song “All About That Bass” was released a few days ago by two creative Mormon sister missionaries called “All About That Book”. The new song shares a lighthearted message with clever lyrics extolling the virtues of The Book of Mormon, and it’s already making a big splash! 🙂

Sister Nicole Guilott and her companion Sister Annalese Lammi currently serve in the Vancouver Washington area for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Their video was originally posted to Facebook on October 1, 2014. Just two weeks later a screenshot shows it has garnered over 400,000 original views with nearly 14,000 shares!

SCREENSHOT from October 16, 2014SCREENSHOT from October 16, 2014

On Oct. 12, 2014 the video code was captured and uploaded to YouTube by L.D.S. Smile, quickly gathering thousands of views and counting…

There’s lots of really fun lyrics here! My favorite line?

“Even one verse every day keeps the devil away”

Singing testimonies? Oh yeah, you know “I’m all about that”!…

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